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Crusaders Travel to Face Red-Hot Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Monday, December 09, 2002

VALPO (2-3) at WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE (5-2)

WHEN: Wednesday, December 11 - 7 p.m. CST

WHERE: Klotsche Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

TV: (tape-delay) - AT&T Cable - Channel 43 - in Valparaiso. Dick Harlan announcing.

RADIO: WEFM (95.9, Michigan City), WVUR-FM (95.1, Valparaiso) - Todd Ickow and Drew Wolf announcing.

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is guided by Scott Drew, who is 2-3 in his 1st season. Wisconsin-Milwaukee is led by Bruce Pearl, who has a career mark of 252-61 in his 11th season.

SERIES RECORD: Valpo leads 6-3
LAST MEETING: 2001-02 - Valpo won 82-69 in Valparaiso.

LAST GAME: Valpo lost to Loyola 80-62 on Saturday in Chicago. Wisconsin-Milwaukee defeated Southwest Missouri 86-77 on Saturday to win the Pizza Hut Classic Championship in Springfield, Missouri.

NEXT UP: Valpo hosts Samford on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

On Wednesday, Valpo (2-3) will conclude a three-game road stretch at Wisconsin-Milwaukee (5-2). The Crusaders are currently on a two-game losing skid following Saturday's 80-62 loss at Loyola. Raitis Grafs paced three players in double-digits with 14 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Stalin Ortiz added 12 points, four assists and four steals, and Greg Tonagel had 10 points and three assists.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been on a roll lately, winning four straight games. The Panthers captured the Pizza Hut Classic in Springfield, Mo. over the weekend, defeating host Southwest Missouri 86-77 on Saturday for the championship. Clay Tucker, one of eight seniors on the roster, led UWM with 25 points. A 6'3" forward, Tucker leads the Panthers with 17.4 ppg.

GRAFS 2ND IN MID-CON IN BLOCKED SHOTS: Raitis Grafs stands 2nd in the Mid-Con in blocked shots (1.6 pg.), 3rd in field goal percentage (.574), 4th in rebounding (7.6) and 6th in scoring (18.2 ppg.). Kikas Gomes is 4th in field goal percentage (.553) and 5th in free throw percentage (.812), Greg Tonagel ranks 4th in assist/turnover ratio (1.6), and Stalin Ortiz and Ali Berdiel are tied for 4th in steals (2.2 pg.).

HOME COOKIN' AWAITS: Following Wednesday's game, Valpo will begin a three-game homestand Saturday against Samford at 7:05 p.m.

CLEANING THE GLASS: Valpo has outrebounded four of its first five opponents (tied Loyola with 38) and holds a 38.2 to 33.0 advantage on the glass.

GRAFS, GOMES SHINE: Through the first five games, Valpo's frontcourt has been a bright spot. Raitis Grafs and Kikas Gomes have combined to average 30.4 ppg. and 13.8 rpg. A 6'11" senior, Grafs (18.2 ppg.) has scored in double-figures in all five games and has recorded a .574 field goal percentage. He scored a season-high 25 points in a win over Indiana State. Gomes (12.2 ppg., 6.2 rpg.) recorded a double-double (14 points, 14 rebounds) against Syracuse. A 6'9" junior, Gomes tallied a career-high 16 points against Northern Illinois.


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Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
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